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May 1, 2006

Matt Mayer resigns from DHS

Filed under: DHS News — by Christian Beckner on May 1, 2006

From a statement on the DHS website by Deputy Secretary Michael P. Jackson:

Matt A. Mayer today stepped down from his role as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary. Matt has been a driving force among the senior management team over the past two years. We’ve all come to rely heavily on his intellect, integrity and energy.

Matt was a key architect of department’s transformation of preparedness to focus on prevention, protection, response and recovery. He helped lead early design work at DHS in core grant programs to emphasize risk-based funding, regional cooperation for homeland security funding in large urban areas, and expanded first responder training at the local level.

Matt played a vital role supporting the Secretary and his team in the department’s response and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and he has helped advance other important programs involving immigration, maritime security, and transportation security. He also previously served as Acting Executive Director for the Office of Grants and Training where he led the department’s efforts to develop the National Preparedness Goal and Target Capabilities List. These tools provide a national framework that DHS is now using to implement systematic, risk-based grant funding priorities.

Both the Secretary and I are grateful to Matt for his service to DHS and our country. We will personally miss his trusted counsel and tremendous professionalism.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 2, 2006 @ 1:40 am

It is hoped that with the passage of time the real insiders of the first years of the life of the DHS will share their personal experiences and traumas and victories and defeats (burecratic of course) on the record in memoirs or otherwise so that the nation can learn from their experience. Of course I assume much of that record is going to have to be declassified since we all know it would never have been classified just to prevent knowledge of waste, fraud, and abuse from occuring. Has any effective oversight of DHS occurred by Congress on any subject? I hope someone will provide detailed answers to this question. Also as each departee is acknowledged it would be good to know his/her impact on internal department operations in detail as in accomplishments and externmal impact in improving homeland security in detail. What exactly did they do? No DHS Commendation Medal yet?

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